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Jadon Haselwood, Brenton Cox making key visits
About two weeks ago, we talked with 2019 Georgia wide receiver Jadon Haselwood as he prepared to make what many assumed would be a recruitment-ending visit to Athens and the University of Georgia.
“I’ll be committing pretty soon,” said Haselwood, who attends Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove High School. “I haven’t decided yet, because I’m still figuring some things out. I want to commit to cut out all the stress for me and my family.”
Haselwood said then that the Buckeyes were still in the race for his commitment.
“Yes, they are in it,” Haselwood said when asked if Ohio State had a legit chance to land him despite all the Bulldogs talk. “It comes down to trust and relationships. Right now, it’s neutral between those schools.”
This weekend, he’ll take one final visit to Columbus with the hopes of cementing a decision, one way or another.
“I’m just trying to see what the coaching staff is like and how I would fit in there, really,” Haselwood said of this trip, which begins Friday. “I told myself I was going to wait (to commit) until I got back to Ohio State.”
Haselwood, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound receiver who is ranked as the nation’s second-best wideout in the class of 2019, will make the visit to Ohio with good friend Brenton Cox. Cox is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end out of Stockbridge (Ga.) and is ranked as the country’s fourth-best defensive end in the 2018 class, so it’s a pretty big weekend for the Buckeyes on both fronts.
Ohio State is firmly in the mix for both prospects and the visit, the second for each, will give them a chance to see the school and the program up close and personal, without the buzz and distractions of game day.
Haselwood is likely to make his college decision shortly after this weekend’s trip to Columbus. He says his family is supportive of whatever choice he makes. It is, after all, his decision.
“They are 100 percent behind my decision,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m going to whichever school I pick — they aren’t.”
2019 St. Louis quarterback adds Buckeyes offer
With 2018 5-star prospect Emory Jones committed since last July, Ohio State is in a great position when it comes to the quarterback positon. The Buckeyes, and new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day, can focus on the 2019 class. To that end, Ohio State has begun offering signal-callers in that class.
Last week it was Auburn legacy Bo Nix, the country’s second-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class. On Thursday night, it was St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic quarterback Isaiah Williams, who could end up being a wide receiver at the college level. His highlight tape certainly backs up that theory; this kid has some serious shake.
As a sophomore, Williams threw for more than 2,500 yards and 29 touchdowns and ran for 900 yards and 18 TDs.
Right now there are two “crystal ball” predictions on for the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Williams. One has him pegged for Michigan, the other Missouri.
The Buckeyes are just getting into the conversation with Williams.
How good was the Ohio State 2017 recruiting class?
I’m all about hyperbole. I mean, I’m probably more about hyperbole than anyone in the world ever has been.
So when I say that the 2017 Buckeyes signing class was really good, you may take it with a grain of salt and think to yourself, “Oh, that’s just Jeremy being hyperbolic. It is, after all, what he’s all about.”
What if I let other people tell you? The folks at Rivals.com, the longest-standing scouting/ranking agency in modern recruiting, broke down each position group in 2017 and tried to narrow down who had the best class at each spot.
How did the Buckeyes fare? Here are the positions that they finished as a “Top 10” pick.
Every position at which Ohio State landed a player (except for running back, where the Buckeyes landed just one player and every other team on the list landed at least two) earned a spot on the Rivals list.
(I’d still take the lone addition of J.K. Dobbins over more than half the running back tandems they selected, for what it’s worth.)